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Being biracial: How racial stigmas complicate cultural identity

Rudy Sanchez

Rudy Sanchez

October 26, 2018

In my life, I have seen how others can be systematically privileged or oppressed purely by the color their skin. I am biracial – half-mexican, half-white. My father is Mexican-American and my mother is from Washington State with European heritage. She even bought a $80 DNA kit just to tell her exactly...

Bookdrive for incarcerated youth minorities

Mírame performs during the event. 
Maddie Pena/The Paisano

Alejandro Lopez and Maddie Pena

October 26, 2018

Read Between the Lines The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) hosted their event “Read Between the Lines,” a book drive for incarcerated youth minorities, on Oct. 17 in the Student Union Ski Lounge. This event was part of t...

Incarceration of Bill Cosby in the #MeToo era: A whole mess

prison fence

Adrianne Kristianto

October 3, 2018

A man who made us all laugh, a man who gave us valuable lessons in our lives, former “America’s Dad,” Bill Cosby, has been sentenced to three to ten years in jail after being convicted of sexual assault. Playing the famous Dr. Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show, the 81 year-old is heading behind...

It is not about race

Graphic of police officer beating a man on the ground

Brent Davis

September 19, 2018

Amber Guyger did not shoot Botham Jean because he was black! No, today’s story will not be about race, but about how the police are handling the situation and not being held to a higher standard when it comes to crimes they commit.  To show I have no overwhelming bias I would like to say I am an African A...

Stereotyping and how it affects college students

Stereotyping and how it affects college students

Brent Davis

August 21, 2018

Chris Rock once made a joke in his stand-up comedy about 20 years ago, where he stated that, “If you are black you will get more respect in the “hood” coming out of prison, than coming out of college.” Mr. Rock was saying that since African Americans were in the lower rank of society, higher...

White Privilege: “He was troubled”

President Donald Trump addresses media following the Parkland shooting.
Courtesy of the White House

Alejandro Lopez

February 21, 2018

In the wake of the recent Parkland shooting, a word that keeps reappearing in the media and the mouths of many politicians is “troubled.” Troubled may describe a situation or a person but certainly not Nikolas Cruz. This white young man has left 17 families to grieve and a nation in complete shock....

UTSA Dialogues: Acting a Race

October 26, 2014

The Paisano In this episode of UTSA Dialogues, Didi Adiakpan talks with Lonnie Harris on acting a race, stereotypes and identity. They go back and forth on whether or not generalizations have some merit, if communities can redefine themselves in a general but positive way and if ...